Intellectual Disability Programme

Fairview Court, MWI

8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and by appointment

Tel: (441) 236-3770 ext 3380 or ext 3381


BHB’s Intellectual Disability Programme (formerly the Learning Disability Programme) is based at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI), although many of the services are provided in the community. The programme provides a range of different types of support to adults with intellectual and developmental learning disabilities.

Services include 24-hour support in 13 group homes across the island, the New Dimensions Day Programme, respite care and the Multidisciplinary Team.

The philosophy of the Intellectual Disability Programme is that every client should be supported in ways that increase their engagement in meaningful activities and relationships. This requires the client to be at the forefront of everything that is done to support them.

Each client in the group homes and New Dimensions will have an up-to-date person-centred passport that sets out what is important to them, and what staff need to know in order to support them to have a good day every day. To this end, all support staff are undergoing the City and Guilds Level 2 certificate programme in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (4200) and have attended training workshops in active support and person-centred approaches.

A number of clients present behaviour that is considered to be challenging to those who are supporting them. The Intellectual Disability Programme has adopted the principles of positive behaviour support (PBS) as the approach used to understand and respond to challenging behaviour.

This approach includes viewing the behaviour as being the person’s way of communicating that something is upsetting them. By changing the situations and events they experience, we can increase the person’s quality of life and reduce the likelihood that challenging behaviours will occur. Each client whose behaviour is considered challenging will have a positive support plan in place. The plan emphasises ways to avoid trigger situations and deescalate any situation that we have been unable to avoid.

Group Homes

There are 13 group homes across the length of Bermuda. Each home supports between three and nine people, with around 70 residents across all the group homes. The homes are staffed by community support workers, who are supported by two clinical managers and the members of the Multidisciplinary Team.

Two of the group homes have been adapted to enable people who use wheelchairs to be supported with dignity while maximising their independence. One of the 13 properties belongs to BHB, but the other homes are rented on the open market or from Project 100, a charitable organisation established to purchase and adapt suitable houses.

A small number of clients in group homes are supported into sheltered employment. Up to 25 clients attend the New Dimensions Day Programme each day, while others are engaged in different community-based activities from the homes. Two of the homes have their own cars/minibuses that can be used to access the community.

New Dimensions Day Programme

The New Dimensions Day Programme provides an array of services for up to 25 clients who attend from our group homes, and some clients who live with their families in the community.

New Dimensions empowers and supports all clients in their quest to reach their full potential in an inclusive, diverse and creative environment. Clients are encouraged to excel in many different areas, such as arts and crafts, bowling, cricket, fishing, spirituality, exercise, work skills and visiting places of interest in the community.

Respite Care

Respite care can be provided in three of the group homes. Adults who live in their family home can apply for respite of up to six weeks per year. The aim of respite care is to provide regular breaks for families to enable them to support their family member throughout the rest of the year. Access to respite care is through the team’s social worker.

Multidisciplinary Team

The Multidisciplinary Team primarily provides assessment, advice, support and training to the staff and residents in the group homes. It also provides a limited outpatient service to clients who live with their families in the community. The team includes nurses, a clinical psychologist, an occupational therapist, a part-time physiotherapist and a social worker. A consultant psychiatrist is also available as needed.